Workshop creates colourful alternatives to plastic bags

Ashwini SaseedaranSound Telegraph
City of Rockingham projects and waste education officer Kelly Levisohn, Country Women’s Association Rockingham project co-ordinator Lindsay Vidler and branch president Deirdre Atkinson-Byrne admire the screen-printed bags.
Camera IconCity of Rockingham projects and waste education officer Kelly Levisohn, Country Women’s Association Rockingham project co-ordinator Lindsay Vidler and branch president Deirdre Atkinson-Byrne admire the screen-printed bags. Credit: Picture: supplied

In an effort to make the single-use plastic bag ban an easier transition, the Country Women’s Association Rockingham held a bag making workshop earlier this month alongside the City of Rockingham as part of Plastic Free July.

Reuseable bags were made by CWA and community members as they gathered to screen-print and sew bags out of donated fabric using sewing machines, overlockers and ironing boards.

City of Rockingham projects and waste education officer Kelly Levisohn helped co-ordinate the workshop held in the Ken James Waste Education Centre at the Millar Road Landfill Facility and was kept busy screen-printing logos onto the bags.

The event was part of the Boomerang Bags initiative, a community-driven movement whereby volunteers meet to create a sustainable alternative to plastic bags using recycled materials.

Branch president Deirdre Atkinson-Byrne said people would be able to have the bags at upcoming community events for a small donation.

CWA Rockingham welcomes new members and invites any interested parties to check out its Facebook page for more information.

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